The Wonderful World of Lizzie

03 Aug

Lizzie double shadowImage from Fall River Historical Society

All satellites are beginning to orbit around “The Wonderful World of Lizzie.” All is in place for the annual re-enactment at the Lizzie Borden B&B, followed by the obligatory Maplecroft “porch pose” (site inspection done by director of Pear Essential Players today), followed by the laying of flowers at the Borden plot at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Other satellites already beaming GPS coordinates for the dozens of cruise-by vehicles on French Street while the Fall River Herald News photographer will capture exteriors of crowds and interiors of “actors” simulating the morning chaos of August 4, 1892 to appear on the front page of its August 5th edition.

The Fall River Historical Society is battening down the hatchets for one of their biggest days of the year and displaying  letters Lizzie wrote while incarcerated as well as prominent selections from their vast repository of Lizzie Borden artifacts and Trial evidence.


Satellite debris fallout in this Wonder World of Lizzie includes the regurgitation of Lizzie documentaries aired on TV, followed by all the blog posts, media mentions and newspaper write-ups commemorating this august day. (See what I just did there?)

Kristee Bates, Maplecroft owner, tells me she will NOT be allowing people inside no matter how loudly they knock, but it might be a tad difficult to turn away Utah license plates with a car full of wide eyed, salivating, and pathetically pleading individuals.

Our dear Lizzie, throughout all this annual hoopla, will remain in repose buried at her father’s feet. Andrew’s bony skeleton arms cross his chest where a singular high school ring (a gift from Lizzie) dangles from his finger. We might consider it a testament to his love for her if it weren’t for that sudden jerk of his foot that kicks Lizzie in the head at the stroke of 11:00 am each and every 4th of August.


2 responses to “The Wonderful World of Lizzie

  1. Walter Satterthwait

    August 9, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Hi. You may know of my book, MISS LIZZIE, a novel that takes place some years after Lizzie Borden’s acquittal. That book is available now as an e-book by Mysterious Press, and will soon be joined by a sequel called NEW YORK NOCTURNE, in which Miss Lizzie renders aid to a young girl she met in the first book. I really like the photograph on you blog of Lizzie in 1927. Do you know if the photo is copyrighted?

    Walter Satterthwait

    • phayemuss

      August 10, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      Hi Walter – you don’t remember but you and I spoke on the phone and we were going to meet one time when you were planning to ride your m/c through Payson, AZ one summer (when I lived in Payson), but it never happened. I’m not sure which “1927” photo you are referring to….if it’s Lizzie on the porch with her dog, that’s probably 1922 and yes it’s copyrighted from Parallel Lives – A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden and Her Fall River by the Fall River Historical Society. Contact Dennis Binette there at I have your Miss Lizzie and look forward to New York Nocturne. Be watching for updates on theatrical feature length indie film, Defending Lizzie, at my Facebook page “Lizzie Andrew Borden Chat Page”. Click HERE.


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